Most Desireable Chronographs of the Year

TIME IN DETAIL. Chronograph watches are one of the most usable complications that also makes for quite an impressive sight

For A Good Cause

IWC Da Vinci Chronograph Edition “Laureus Sportfor Good Foundation”

IWC Da Vinci Chronograph Edition “Laureus Sportfor Good Foundation”

IWC Schaffhausen has been a Global Partner of Laureus Sport for Good—a charitable organization with the aim of using the power of sport to end violence and discrimination—since 2005. As part of this cooperation, IWC launches a limited special edition watch each year and part of the proceeds from sales helps to finance the Foundation’s projects. For this year, the 11th Laureus special edition has an eye-catching blue dial and the traditional back engraving. The in-house 89361-caliber chronograph movement combined with newly designed articulated strap horns and curved lugs ensure that the black leather strap from Santoni fits comfortably on the wrist.

Case Size 42mm
Case Material Stainless steel
Dial Blue
Strap Black alligator leather
Movement 89361, automatic
Power Reserve 68 Hours
Water Resistance 30m

The Fusion of Three

Hublot Classic Fusion Italia Independent

Hublot Classic Fusion Italia Independent

In the world of possibilities, what do you get when you mix the watchmaking expertise of Hublot, the limitless creativity of Italia Independent through its founder Lapo Elkann and the treasures of famous Italian tailor Rubinacci? The answer is none other than the Classic Fusion Italia Independent. Since 2014, two collections based on the legendary Big Bang Unico model have been born from the partnership. But, this year, the magic of the wildly creative team was unleashed on the Classic Fusion model. Driven by the HUB1143 and combined with a collection of tartans in the Classic Fusion as a chronograph, the dial and also the straps, the Classic Fusion Italia Independent truly represents the epitome of elegance.

Case Size 45mm
Case Material Satin-finish and polished titanium
Dial Authentic fabric from a Rubinacci “Prince of Wales” suit
Strap Authentic fabric from a Rubinacci “Prince of Wales” suit with gray stitching and blue rubber
Movement HUB1143, automatic
Power Reserve 42 Hours
Water Resistance 50m

 

The Chosen One

TAG Heuer Autavia

TAG Heuer Autavia

Autavia, the legendary driver’s chronograph from the 1960s, is making a comeback in 2017. The 2017 Autavia will be presented in a 42mm stainless steel case, which is a little more imposing than the original reference, which measures 39mm. As innovative as the original was, this contemporary model is the result of an interactive campaign called the “Autavia Cup” run in 2016. From a choice of 16 vintage models, more than 50,000 web users voted for a reissue of the Autavia Rindt worn by the famous F1 driver Jochen Rindt. With the old-school Heuer and Autavia logos at 12 o’clock, and a new Heuer-02 caliber, this iconic model celebrates its 55th anniversary in the form of a stunning neo-retro successor.

Case Size 42mm
Case Material Stainless steel
Dial Mark three dial in reverse panda
Strap Aged leather Strap
Movement Heuer-02, automatic
Power Reserve 80 Hours
Water Resistance 100m

 

Aesthetically Pleasing

Montblanc TimeWalker Chronograph UTC

 

Montblanc TimeWalker Chronograph UTC

This year, with a focus on embracing Minerva’s heritage through its new designs, Montblanc is revamping the TimeWalker collection. As a part of the reimagined collection, Montblanc has released the TimeWalker Chronograph UTC. Powered by the caliber MB 25.03 and with the ability to display three time zones plus two vertically aligned subsidiary dials for the chronograph laid out like an old car dashboard, the watch is completed with a Minerva-inspired arrowhead tip on the chronograph seconds hand. With functionality and aesthetics like this, surely this would be an ideal addition to the watch collection of frequent travelers.

Case Size 43mm
Case Material Black DLC coated with ceramic
Dial Black
Strap Rubber or leather Strap
Movement MB 25.03, automatic
Power Reserve 46 Hours
Water Resistance 100m